Harriet Schechter is an organizing expert considered a pioneer in the field of professional organizing and has authored three books. She’s answered thousands of questions about organizing, clutter and storage solutions on her Ask Our Organizer column, now a blog sponsored by Organize-It. She has been quoted in publications such as the New York Times, USA Today, Real Simple, The Australian Magazine, and many others. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Harriet Schechter.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I've always felt most comfortable in small dwellings and I have a knack for maximizing space. I'm continually on the lookout for well-designed storage solutions and organizing products that can do double duty.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I start by focusing on the question or topic and making notes of whatever pops into my mind; then I explore possible solutions. If I'm having any difficulty I switch to working on something different or I take a break—this always helps give me a fresh perspective.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
It's hard to choose since I've been blessed to work with so many incredibly creative people. But I'd like to acknowledge Bella Silverstein, who illustrated my last two books (Let Go of Clutter and Conquering Chaos at Work). Along with admiring Bella's many talents, I respect her work ethic—and I love her sense of humor!
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Researching whatever topic I'm currently writing about, especially if I'm answering an interesting question on Ask Our Organizer, always excites and inspires me to find the best information and products available.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I was a writer and editor before starting my organizing business; then along the way I became an author, and now I'm a blogger—I feel like I've come full circle! My advice is to be open to new opportunities and learning new ways to express yourself.